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Secret Service mistakes...Ebola case in Texas...Officer killed accidentally

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 30, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Known for being discreet and behind the scenes, the Secret Service is under extreme scrutiny for breakdowns in protecting President Barack Obama. Director Julia Pierson testified at a hearing that her agency has made mistakes, including the failure to prevent a White House intrusion. Pierson said two of her uniformed officers recognized the suspect from a previous encounter but didn't approach him or report his presence. The agency also confirms an armed security consultant with a criminal record rode on an elevator with the president.

DALLAS (AP) — Health officials are stressing that the transmission of the Ebola virus requires close contact with bodily fluids. The first U.S. case of the potentially deadly virus has been confirmed in a patient in Dallas. The man recently had traveled to Liberia. It's not clear how he became infected. He's in isolation at a Dallas hospital and officials say infrastructure in place will prevent infecting staff and patients.

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police say searchers scouring the woods for a gunman responsible for the fatal shooting of one trooper and the wounding of another have found two pipe bombs. An official says both had trip wires and fuses and were fully functional. It's believed they were "hastily discarded" by the suspect, Eric Frein (freen). He's been on the run since Sept. 12.

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state trooper who was accidentally shot during a gun-training exercise has died. State police say he was shot in the chest during a yearly exercise at a training facility near Philadelphia. The shooting is under investigation.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps is in hot water, legally. Phelps has been arrested on DUI charges early Tuesday in Baltimore, his home town. Phelps issued an apology saying he understands the severity of his actions. Police charged the 18-time gold medalist after officers said he was caught speeding and failed field sobriety tests. He had a drunken-driving arrest a decade ago.

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